Pres­i­dent Al-Sisi as­serts free­dom of cit­i­zens to worship or not in Egypt

Re­newal of re­li­gious dis­course is one of most im­por­tant de­mands that re­gion needs, through suit­able rhetoric most con­ve­nient to re­gion

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“The fall of any Egyp­tian hurts us, and hurts all Egyp­tians, and there is no dis­crim­i­na­tion be­tween Mus­lims and Christians in Egypt,” Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi said in ref­er­ence to Minya’s bus ter­ror­ist at­tack that left 7 Copts killed and an­other 12 in­jured.

This came dur­ing the sec­ond day of 2nd World Youth Fo­rum held in Sharm El-Sheikh which started on Satur­day with the at­ten­dance of over 5,000 youths, rep­re­sented by 60 del­e­ga­tions from all over the world.

Al-Sisi stressed the im­por­tance of deal­ing with cit­i­zens with­out any dis­crim­i­na­tion, whether based on gen­der or re­li­gion, as all peo­ple are equal, not only by words but through ac­tions.

In this con­text, the pres­i­dent re­ferred that Egypt passed a lon­gawaited law in 2016 eas­ing reg­u­la­tions on build­ing churches, and al­lowed the con­struc­tion of churches with mosques in new places and even [places of worship] for other re­li­gions, for Jewish cit­i­zens, say­ing that “If we had other re­li­gions, we would build them houses of worship too, be­cause the right of a ci­ti­zen to worship as he wishes or not to worship, and this is a sub­ject we do not in­ter­fere in”.

He also as­serted that the re­newal of the re­li­gious dis­course is one of the most im­por­tant de­mands that the re­gion and the world needs, through find­ing a suit­able rhetoric most con­ve­nient to the re­gion.

More­over, dur­ing the fo­rum which aims to ex­change ex­per­tise in var­i­ous fields, Al-Sisi also ad­dressed other trend­ing top­ics in­clud­ing the empowerment of women and youth.

Start­ing with women’s empowerment, the pres­i­dent noted that Egypt is en­thu­si­as­tic about giv­ing women their rights and po­si­tions in so­ci­ety, ex­plain­ing that it was clearly seen through sev­eral events and de­ci­sions. He pointed out that there is a large pres­ence for women in the Egyp­tian govern­ment and in lead­ing po­si­tions in gen­eral, adding that the op­por­tu­nity is still avail­able to in­crease their num­bers.

Egypt is plan­ning to pro­vide the nec­es­sary fund­ing to en­able women to work and in­vest, he said, adding that in Egypt there are spe­cial pro­grammes pro­vid­ing care and ser­vices for women, still not enough but sig­nif­i­cant.

As for youth empowerment, the pres­i­dent high­lighted that the idea of youth con­fer­ences was in­spired by the young peo­ple them­selves, in or­der to open a di­a­logue with the lead­er­ship, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the neg­a­tive im­pacts of so­cial net­work­ing, so this was one so­lu­tion to lis­ten to each other and over­come the prob­lems.

“Through log­i­cal di­a­logue with the young peo­ple we will make them re­spond and en­dure with us,” Al-Sisi con­cluded.

Al-Sisi stressed the im­por­tance of deal­ing with cit­i­zens with­out any dis­crim­i­na­tion

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